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#1 snowboycosmos

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:59 AM

Is this scope any good for close up detailed moon viewing?

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:56 AM

It is excellent scope for any type of viewing.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

But if you were buying a scope new and were not really interested in longer exposure DSO imaging then I'd buy a CPC1100 instead. They have the same optics but the CPC is a more convenient mount for visual work.

For visual work the only benefit the CGEM version would have is if you are not capable of or comfortable handling the 65+lbs of the CPC1100 ota and mount package (it's a lot to be hefting around every night) is that the CGEM breaks down into smaller and lighter individual components.



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Posted 05 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

Yeah, the CPC 1100 fork/tube assembly is a heavy beast. And it's nowhere near as steady an imaging platform as a halfway decent GEM like the Atlas. Works for visual but not for AP ... not even for short exposures not requiring a wedge.

Mounting a CPC fork/tube assembly on a wedge is definitely not a single handed task unless you have the strength of an Olympic weightlifter and the agility of a top gymnast.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:09 PM

:)Man I don't know how I got this from reading that post, i'm just glad that my scope can't read.

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#6 snowboycosmos

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 01:58 PM

kewl ! thank you ! abc

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:35 PM

well I've decided on the CPC1100....thank you again for all your help.SBC

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:32 AM

I swung the other way so that i can mount other scopes not just an 11" ota apart from wanting lighter components. roll on may when I cet my CGEM 1100

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Ive been considering deforking the tube on my cpc11. The scope is heavy. I can sometimes mount the scope on my wedge by myself if I can get it the first try ( getting that plate to fit in between the washer and base of the scope is a total *BLEEP* and a half )If not i have to take a break or find help. But once its done it is worth it. Its a hell of an AP rig. But idk... would you think it be worth throwing aside a $700 Mitty wedge for a GEM?






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